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Lake Placid suspends parking meter enforcement

LAKE PLACID — The village of Lake Placid is suspending parking meter enforcement temporarily. The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees, at their regular board meeting on Monday, April 6 agreed to suspend enforcement of the village’s more than 30 parking meters through May 15. As ...

Village attorney: Don’t attempt to block short-term rentals

LAKE PLACID — Village Trustee Jason Leon on Monday, April 6, asked what options the municipality has to take action against owners of short-term vacation rentals who are marketing their properties as an escape from areas ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. The answer: none. That’s ...

Keene Community Center expansion moves forward

KEENE — The town of Keene’s community center expansion project is moving forward. The Keene Town Board on Tuesday, March 31, named AES Northeast of Plattsburgh as the contractor that will draw up plans for a possible expansion to the town’s Church Street building. AES will be asked ...

Essex County prepares for launch of hiker shuttles

KEENE VALLEY — Essex County is on track to launch a new bus system to shuttle hikers to and from popular trailheads along state Route 73. Funding for the new service, slated to launch this summer, was ultimately included in the state budget. The Essex County Board of Supervisors ...

After test run, farm food box deliveries begin in earnest today

Starting today, 100 boxes full of food purchased from local farms are being delivered for free to the homes of families deemed to be facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. Two local organizations are working together to feed these ...

North Elba has most COVID-19 cases in Essex County

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba has the most COVID-19 cases in Essex County, new data from the county Health Department shows. There were three test-confirmed cases in North Elba as of Tuesday, plus one suspected case. The town of Keene has one test-confirmed case. There are ...

Camp on Lake Placid burns to the ground

Michael and Stacia Takach found out from a drone photo that their camp on Lake Placid’s western shore was on fire Sunday night, April 5. “A couple friends from around town had heard the fire call come in, I guess, and at that time no one was really clear what camp it was,” Michael ...

Sen. Little votes against budget, which passes

State Sen. Betty Little voted against the state budget that was adopted Thursday, April 2 the state Legislature, saying lawmakers were kept in the dark as the spending plan and some unrelated policy changes were negotiated by a few leaders behind closed doors. Little, R-Queensbury, is not ...

‘Lake Placid Unites’

LAKE PLACID — New York state forced Fitness Revolution owner Jason McComber to temporarily shut the doors of his business at 8 p.m. Monday, March 16 to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Two days later, he created a movement that has lifted the spirits of his fellow ...

How to file an unemployment insurance claim

The CARES Act was enacted on Friday, March 27. Refer to the CARES Act web page for information about how the act may affect unemployment insurance (UI) benefits with the state Department of Labor. Do not call if you already have a UI claim; it will only make it difficult for others to reach ...

Lake Placid food pantry debuts curbside service

LAKE PLACID — Volunteers at the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry Friday, March 27 debuted a new curbside service for the families they help, easing the anxiety over social distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Because of the virus and all, we decided to come up here to ...

UP CLOSE: Chad Blinn still on the beat

LAKE PLACID — Chad Blinn has been an officer with the Lake Placid Police Department for more than a decade, and he’s never seen anything like the current national crisis. As the coronavirus continues to spread, prompting elected officials to direct the closure of businesses deemed ...

Lake Placid’s short-term rental law now in effect

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid’s long-debated short-term vacation rental law is now in effect. Property owners who intend to rent out rooms or entire homes to visitors are now required to apply for a permit with the North Elba Building & Planning Department — as well as register with ...

Through a glass, brightly

LAKE PLACID — Although the St. Eustace Episcopal Church has closed to the public due to the coronavirus, two seventh-graders, Lexi Coffin and Norah Galvin, have painted the windows with encouraging messages of peace, hope, love and faith. Coffin and Galvin said it has been difficult ...

Newspaper chain offers grants to help local businesses

Tri-Lakes area businesses can now apply for grants to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full ...

OneWorkSource helping remotely

PLATTSBURGH — After state-imposed restrictions on travel and gatherings were put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of local businesses shut their doors and thousands of workers in the North Country have been laid off. The North Country’s OneWorkSource Centers located in ...

Some ORDA construction projects to be put on hold

LAKE PLACID — Parts of multi-million dollar improvement projects at Lake Placid’s Olympic sites are expected to come to a halt. An executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo more than a week ago, and revised recently, directs construction companies to stop all “non-essential” work as ...

Prison coronavirus precautions have been too little, too late in North Country

Coronavirus is spreading through North Country prisons, and though their governing state and federal organizations made several policy changes last week to slow the spread, corrections officers, union representatives, inmate advocates and politicians say these changes are coming too late, and ...

Economic impact payments from the US government: What you need to know

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service on Monday announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who ...